Trade Council applauds legislators as pro-business Senator Miller is perfect, Delegate Baldwin less so

October 08, 1995|By Shirley Leung | Shirley Leung,SUN STAFF

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. was the only member of the county legislative delegation to get a perfect score on the Anne Arundel Trade Council's annual report card.

The District 27 Democrat voted for Trade Council-backed bills nine times during the past General Assembly session. Seven other legislators were close behind, scoring about 90 percent.

Del. Robert C. Baldwin, a Millersville Republican who ran on a pro-business campaign, scored the lowest, supporting six of 10 bills the Trade Council favored, according to the business group's fourth annual report.

Overall, Trade Council leaders say this year's class of 18 legislators made the grade.

"We are blessed in this county with having a more pro-business delegation," said Trade Council Executive Director Jeanette Wessel.

Ms. Wessel said this year's report card did not differ dramatically from last year's, though the delegation has nine new legislators, seven of whom are Republicans.

Each year, a council committee tracks business-related legislation as the council lobbies in the General Assembly.

L This year it targeted 10 House bills and nine in the Senate.

Mr. Miller, who represents a portion of South County, said he is honored to rank high among a county delegation with strong pro-business ideas, but he does not consider himself pro-business.

"I try to deal with each issue with common sense," he said. "The bills -- presented in the Anne Arundel Trade Council survey -- were for less government, less regulation, less taxes."

Mr. Baldwin, who is financial manager of Reliable Contracting Co. in Millersville, attributed his low ranking to votes against two bills aimed at reducing closing costs for first-time home buyers. He said he voted against both council-backed bills because state taxpayers ultimately would offset the reduction. The Senate version passed and was signed into law by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

"What they did was a smoke screen," Mr. Baldwin said. "To me, it's a tax increase."

Sen. John A. Cade, a Republican from Severna Park, showed the most improvement, moving from the bottom of the class to a 78 percent rating.

Mr. Cade supported seven of the nine bills favored by the Trade Council and co-sponsored two of them, including the home-closing-cost bill.

How they voted

The Anne Arundel Trade Council rated legislators according to how many times they voted in favor of the council's position. The total number of votes cast by legislators varied.

FLegislator .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Favorable votes .. ..Percentage

Del. Robert C. Baldwin (R) .. .. .. .. .. .6 .. .. .. .. .. .. .60

Del. Phillip D. Bissett (R) .. .. .. .. ...9 .. .. .. .. .. .. .90

Del. Michael W. Burns (R) .. .. .. .. .. ..7 .. .. .. .. .. .. .70

Del. Michael E. Busch (D) .. .. .. .. .. ..9 .. .. .. .. .. .. .90

Del. Joan Cadden (D) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .7 .. .. .. .. .. .. .87

Del. Virginia P. Clagett (D) .. .. .. .. ..7 .. .. .. .. .. .. .70

Del. Janet Greenip (R) .. .. .. .. .. .. ..7 .. .. .. .. .. .. .78

Del. John R. Leopold (R) .. .. .. .. .. ...9 .. .. .. .. .. .. .90

Del. Mary Ann Love (D) .. .. .. .. .. .. ..9 .. .. .. .. .. .. .90

Del. George W. Owings III (D) .. .. .. .. .8 .. .. .. .. .. .. .80

Del. Marsha G. Perry (D) .. .. .. .. ... ..7 .. .. .. .. .. .. .70

Del. James E. Rzepkowski (R) .. .. .. .. ..9 .. .. .. .. .. .. .90

Del. Victoria L. Schade (R) .. .. .. .. ...7 .. .. .. .. .. .. .70

Sen. John C. Astle (D) .. .. .. .. .. .. ..8 .. .. .. .. .. .. .89

Sen. John A. Cade (R) .. .. .. .. .. .. ...7 .. .. .. .. .. .. .78

Sen. Philip C. Jimeno (D) .. .. .. .. .. ..8 .. .. .. .. .. .. .89

Sen. C. Edward Middlebrooks (R) .. .. .. ..7 .. .. .. .. .. .. .78

Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D) .. .. ..9 .. .. .. .. .. ...100

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